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All Things Considered
Monday, October 22, 2007

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Antone familyAlcohol exposure affects generations on Indian reservations
    The incidence of fetal alcohol syndrome, or FAS, among American Indians is 30 times higher than among whites. Indians in Minnesota say fetal alcohol damage is causing huge problems. Some say it's the No. 1 problem facing Indian communities.4:45 p.m.
  • Call centerSending work to India -- the pros and cons
    Business interest in offshore outsourcing remains strong, especially to low labor cost countries like India. Some delegates on Gov. Pawlenty's trade mission to India will be considering outsourcing to the subcontinent as part of their business plan.5:15 p.m.
  • Screening for breast cancerMore women getting both breasts removed when cancer strikes one
    The rate of double mastectomies has risen 150 percent since 1998 among women who have cancer in only one breast. A University of Minnesota researcher wonders if some women are making the choice based on faulty advice from their doctors.5:21 p.m.
  • Federal reporter shield law could change journalism and national security
    President Bush has vowed to veto the U.S. House-approved Free Flow of Information Act. The legislation would protect journalists, in most cases, from being forced to reveal their sources. MPR's Tom Crann talked to media analyst David Brauer about what the shield law is designed to do and whether bloggers can be considered journalists.5:52 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • U.S. Works to Curb Turkish Attack on Rebels in Iraq
    Turkey has gathered forces and heavy weapons on its border with Iraq after an attack Sunday by Kurdish rebels on Turkish troops left eight Turkish soldiers missing and 12 dead. Meantime, there has been a lot of diplomatic traffic. The U.S. fears that unilateral action by Turkey could destabilize the most stable part of Iraq.
  • Who Are the PKK?
    Tension continues to mount between Turkey and the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK. Although the PKK rebels that ambushed Turkish troops over the weekend now appear to be on the verge of a ceasefire, Turkish troops are already on their way to Turkey's porous border with Iraq.
  • Texas Official Bars Land Sale Over Gun Rights
    In Texas, the land commissioner has stirred a huge public outcry by refusing to sell a stretch of state-owned badlands to Big Bend National Park. The commissioner says the Christmas Mountains won't go to any entity that would ban firearms and hunting, as every national park now does.
  • Tuition Hikes Outpace Student-Aid Increases
    Student aid continues to grow, but there is still a large gap between the price of college and family incomes. Small increases in tuition, paid on top of student aid, is enough to convince some families that they can't afford to send a child to school.
  • Short Stories Set in Mideast Earn O'Connor Award
    The Pale of Settlement is a collection of linked short stories set in the Middle East — but it takes its title from the western borderlands of the Russian empire, where Jews were required to live in past centuries. Author Margot Singer is the latest winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction from the University of Georgia Press.
  • Sweet Dreams for a Young Red Sox Fan
    Shelton Cochran, a 13-year-old middle-schooler from Newton, Mass., stayed up way too late Sunday night, watching the Boston Red Sox defeat the Cleveland Indians to earn a trip to the World Series.
  • Scientists Protect Corals from Warming Oceans
    When the ocean gets too warm, coral dies. That's what happened in The Maldives a few years ago. But on one small island, researchers are learning about ways to help coral survive the heat.
  • 'War and Peace' Sparks a Literary Skirmish
    Dueling versions of one of the world's great novels have created a book-world furor. One new edition calls itself the "original version." That's drawn fire from an editor who says it's basically a rough draft — and who just published another version by a team of superstar translators.
  • Why 'War and Peace' Needed a New Translation
    Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky are the superstar translators of the newly released War and Peace. Why did they decide to tackle the translation of this enduring and monumental book?
  • Southern California Wildfires Force Evacuations
    More than a quarter-million people have been ordered to evacuate from the path of the Southern California wildfires. Hot, dry wind off the desert is whipping the series of fires, and authorities say there's little they can do to stop the flames until the winds die down — Tuesday at the earliest.

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